verb (used with object), skimmed, skim·ming.
- to conceal a portion of (winnings, earnings, etc.) in order to avoid paying income taxes, commissions, or the like on the actual total revenue (sometimes followed by off): The casino skimmed two million a year.
- to take, remove, or appropriate for illegal use: to skim information from another's credit card.
verb (used without object), skimmed, skim·ming.
Origin of skim
Synonyms for skim
Related Words for skimmedshave, glance, graze, skip, skitter, ricochet, dart, carom, scan, browse, ream, ladle, top, separate, scoop, brush, dip, cream, shoot, fly
Examples from the Web for skimmed
Contemporary Examples of skimmed
And I whipped off my straw hat and skimmed it across the room and it sailed right out the window and has never been seen since.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
I had seen the term listed in pregnancy books, but skimmed over it.Feeding Tubes, NICU, One-on-One Care: Susan Hatfield Talks About Living With Her Trisomy 18 Baby
February 1, 2012
When the Concordia skimmed the rocky reef Friday, lodging a giant boulder into her hull, Schettino made his second mistake.Francesco Schettino, the Costa Concordia’s Daredevil Captain
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 18, 2012
Usually a diligent observer, nonetheless Winslow skimmed over the episode in two sentences.The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving
November 24, 2010
It is then boiled down to eliminate moisture and skimmed to get rid of the green juice.Pancakes' New Topper
December 8, 2009
Historical Examples of skimmed
This should be skimmed off as it forms, for it is a detriment to the jelly.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"He could have lived on the skimmed milk we feed to the pigs," thought Martin.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
And yet you have only skimmed the beautiful river's surface as a swallow skims a lake.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The cream was skimmed off, and only very thin milk was left in the dish.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
When you have boiled and skimmed it, pour it over the lemons and cover them.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
verb skims, skimming or skimmed
Word Origin for skim
early 15c. (skimmer, the utensil, is attested from late 14c.), "to clear (a liquid) from matter floating on the surface, lift the scum from," from Old French escumer "remove scum," from escume (Modern French écume) "scum," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scum "scum," German Schaum; see scum). Meaning "to throw (a stone) so as to skip across the surface of (water) is from 1610s. Meaning "to move lightly and rapidly over the surface of" is from 1650s, from the motion involved in skimming liquid; that of "to glance over carelessly" (in reference to printed matter) recorded by 1799. Related: Skimmed; skimming.